St George’s Day

| April 23, 2018

Today, 23rd April, is St George’s Day. It commemorates the execution of St George, A Roman soldier who was imprisoned, tortured and finally beheaded for his Christian faith, on this day in 303 A.D. St George is, of course, famous for the St George and the Dragon legend, a chivalric tale brought back to England […]

23 April 1536 – A snub to George Boleyn or simply a promise kept?

| April 23, 2015

23 April 1536 – A snub to George Boleyn or simply a promise kept?

23rd April is St George’s and is the day for announcing new appointments to the Order of the Garter, the highest order of chivalry in England. Back in 1536, George Boleyn, Lord Rochford and brother of Queen Anne Boleyn, was expected to be appointed to the Order. He had been nominated in 1535 and had […]

23 April 1536 – Nicholas Carew, George Boleyn and the Order of the Garter

| April 23, 2014

23 April 1536 – Nicholas Carew, George Boleyn and the Order of the Garter

St George’s day, 23 April 1536, brought the first outward sign that the Boleyns were losing their influence. George was expected to receive the Order of the Garter, the pinnacle honour of the realm, and his sister strongly supported him. George had been nominated the previous year and had received a reasonable amount of support, […]

23rd April 1536 – A Blow for George Boleyn and a Victory for Nicholas Carew

| April 23, 2013

23rd April 1536 – A Blow for George Boleyn and a Victory for Nicholas Carew

Less than a month before he was executed, George Boleyn suffered a blow which some historians take as a warning sign (hindsight is a wonderful thing!). At the annual chapter meeting of the Order of the Garter at Greenwich, on 23rd April 1536, votes were taken for the election of a new knight to the […]

St George’s Day 1536 – A Sign that All is Not Well in Paradise

| April 23, 2011

St George’s Day 1536 – A Sign that All is Not Well in Paradise

Here at The Anne Boleyn Files studio in London, we have just received news that the annual chapter meeting of the Order of the Garter at Greenwich has just finished. Our reporter on the ground is waiting to hear confirmation that the Queen’s brother, George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, has been given this post. While we […]

A Warning Sign

| April 23, 2010

A Warning Sign

On St George’s Day (23rd April) 1536 the annual chapter meeting of the Order of the Garter took place at Greenwich. The following passage is taken from Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 10:- “On St. George’s Day, 23 April 28 Hen. VIII., a chapter of the Order of the Garter was […]